For props, Gene Kelly used an umbrella, a hat, but most importantly, rain. I think he used these all effectively and I will tell you why. His umbrella was quite an important prop because he swings and throws it around like as if he didn’t care, conveying a sense of happiness and joy. Also, the way he swings it around is like he is dancing with someone. His hat is not as important but it is also used well. In the beginning he takes it off and spreads his arms while looking up at the sky I think this shows that he is open to rain so he really doesn’t care if he gets wet because he’s happy. The rain I think is the most important part because it made a reason for there to be those props. I also think it was important because normally when you have an umbrella you use it to keep away from the rain but when he didn’t actually use it for rain it showed that he didn’t care if he got wet and he splashed around everywhere with joy.
In some parts Gene Kelly dances with slow movements and sometimes fast movements. In the beginning the music is slow and he struts slowly, showing that the rain doesn’t bother him because he is so glad. Later on he starts moving quickly and jumps around excitedly and at the same time the music is fast and loud.
When Gene Kelly was dancing, he had a very relaxed and happy expression on his face. When he danced, you could tell he was in love. The way he showed his feelings were quite clear, especially when he took off his hat, so you could see a giant smile on his face. By the way he was smiling to the sky, you could tell he didn’t mind the pouring rain at all, and he was perfectly happy to dance in the rain.
Moving through space:
During the dance Gene Kelly uses a lot of space and levels. In one part he climbs on a street pole and he also flips his umbrella up and down fast pace. He uses big space to show that he’s so happy that he doesn’t mind looking like a maniac to the few other people that he passes on the street. A part which I think really shows shows this is when he spins around on the street with his umbrella. It’s dangerous to do so because of the fact that cars might come, but Gene Kelly uses this to show that he’s so joyful that it doesn’t matter for him.
Overall Gene Kelly’s dance style was very majestic with swift and smooth movements which express his joy and happiness.